Choosing A Veterinarian
Choosing a veterinarian is one of the most challenging and important decisions you’ll make when it comes to your cat. Not only will you need a vet who has the right skills and knowledge to work with your cat, but you’ll need a vet who can work with you. A few helpful hints for finding a veterinarian are below:
- Get recommendations from people whose opinions you trust, and whose approach to pet care is similar to yours. Starting with these recommendations can narrow down your search considerably. Consider asking family, friends, coworkers, your cat’s groomer, or your petsitter.
- If you’re stuck for recommendations, try Google Places, Yelp, or other websites with member reviews. These can often give you insight about nearby veterinarians.
- Check for membership in the American Animal Hospital Association. This membership means that a veterinary hospital has voluntarily met AAHA's standards in areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
- Once you’ve narrowed down your search, schedule a time to view the facility, meet the staff, and talk to the vet about their practice. Make sure you feel comfortable and that your questions are answered. Good communication will be key in your cat’s care!
Once you’ve found the right vet, be sure you’re a good client! Schedule regular preventative visits with your vet and pay attention to your cat’s behavior and patterns so you’re able to communicate changes that may indicate illness. If you find yourself unhappy with your veterinarian, don’t be afraid to voice your concerns or find a vet who will accommodate your needs.